Earlham College, through its Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Creativity (CEIC), is partnering with Innovate WithIN to develop high school entrepreneurs in Indiana.
Earlham will host dozens of students from east-central Indiana for the Innovate WithIN Region 4 competition on April 26, 2021. The competition will give high school students the opportunity to pitch their entrepreneurial ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to advance and compete for $25,000 to turn their ideas into reality.
“We are thrilled to partner with Innovate WithIN and work with young innovators from our region,” said Gene Hambrick, director of the Earlham Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity. “Opportunities for students to grow their entrepreneurial mindset are plentiful at Earlham, making us an ideal institution to host this competition and support college-bound students who would benefit from what we offer.”
Two scholarship opportunities will also be available to participants. Competition participants who apply to Earlham and are admitted will be offered a $3,000 annual tuition scholarship. These participants are also eligible for the Heartland Region Scholarship, a $2,000 annual scholarship awarded to any admitted student living within 150 miles of campus.
Entrepreneurship, and especially social entrepreneurship, is thriving at Earlham. The CEIC supports annual entrepreneurship competitions for Earlham students to develop ideas that have the potential to answer some of the world’s biggest challenges. Earlham students also regularly compete for the Hult Prize, the world’s largest student entrepreneurship competition for the social good. In 2016, a team of Earlham students was awarded the $1 million grand prize for an innovative transportation solution in Africa.
The CEIC is currently expanding their support to encourage creativity and innovative thinking in other areas of campus life. In partnership with several academic departments on campus, the CEIC is supporting the development of a student clubs to compete in a cappella, ethical debate, and creative writing intercollegiate competitions.